Weekend Box Office (May 24 - 27, 2019)
by Sujit Chawla
THIS WEEKEND The Disney juggernaut continued its amazing run with their latest animated-turned-into-live-action tentpole, Aladdin, which opened to an estimated $112.7M across the 4-day Memorial Day Weekend frame. That's the fifth highest grossing Memorial Day Weekend ever, but the highest for a non-sequel. Reviews were mixed but audiences loved what they saw, giving the film an A Cinemascore which should lead to a bright future ahead. Internationally it added $121M across the traditional 3-day weekend period. While Dumbo didn't live up to the usual Disney standards, Aladdin has already matched that film's entire domestic box office run.
Last weekend's champ fell a reasonable 45% (comparing 3-day to 4-day weekend grosses) as John Wick: Chapter 3 took in an estimated $31M bringing its cume up to $107.6M. In 11 days Chapter 3 has already outgrossed both previous films in the series. Look for a final total in the $150M range.
Continuing its historic run, Avengers: Endgame slipped 25% to an estimated $22.3M, bringing its gargantuan total up to $803.6M, only the second film in history to cross the $800M mark domestically. Currently it stands nearly $130M behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens for the top spot on the all-time domestic charts, but only $111M behind Avatar for #1 on the all-time worldwide charts. It'll be a race to the finish to take down Avatar but it wouldn't surprise me if Disney pulled out all the stops to get there.
Pokemon Detective Pikachu landed in fourth place this weekend with an estimated $17.3M, bringing its total up to $120M. In another week it should pass Lara Croft: Tomb Raider to become the highest grossing film based on a video game.
A couple of newcomers took the next two spots. Sony's horror entry Brightburn opened in 2,607 theaters to an estimated $9.5M over the long holiday weekend, for a per screen average of $3,644. Reviews were mixed but a CinemaScore of a C+ does not bode well for any sort of long term future for the fright flick. Still, on a $6M budget, it'll at least make its money back. Following just behind was the critically acclaimed Booksmart which took in an estimated $8.7M from 2,505 theaters for a per screen average of $3,469. Easily the best reviewed film of the year so far, Booksmart may have been better served by a fall or winter release as it got lost in the summer blockbuster crowd. A CinemaScore of a B+ is decent, but not great, which is not a great indicator for future box office success.
Holdovers filled up the rest of the top 10 this weekend. A Dog's Journey added an additional $5.5M in its second weekend, according to estimates, bringing its total up to $16.3M. The Hustle stole $4.8M this weekend, according to estimates, bringing its cume up to $30.8M after three weekends. Sony's The Intruder made an estimated $2.9M this weekend, bringing its total up to $32.6M after a month, while rounding out the top 10 was Long Shot which rustled up $2.1M this weekend, according to estimates, for a total of just under $30M.
The top ten films grossed an estimated $216.8M across the holiday weekend, which was down a scant .6% from last year's Memorial Day weekend when Solo: A Star Wars Story opened at number one with $84.4M; but up 27.7% from 2017 when Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales debuted on top with $62.9M.
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|#||Title||May 24 - 27||May 17 - 19||% Chg.||Theaters||Weeks||AVG||Cumulative||Distributor|
|1||Aladdin||$ 116,805,962||4,476||1||$ 26,096||$ 116,805,962||Disney|
|2||John Wick: Chapter 3||30,974,297||56,818,067||-45.5||3,850||2||8,045||107,613,238||Lionsgate|
|4||Pokemon Detective Pikachu||17,247,401||25,108,159||-31.3||3,824||3||4,510||120,070,023||Warner Bros.|
|7||A Dog's Journey||5,447,100||8,030,085||-32.2||3,279||2||1,661||16,277,635||Universal|
|12||The Sun Is Also a Star||1,048,881||2,511,530||-58.2||2,073||2||506||4,535,705||Warner Bros.|
|15||The Biggest Little Farm||679,812||276,446||145.9||181||3||3,756||1,209,750||Neon|
|16||The Curse of La Llorona||604,547||890,020||-32.1||359||6||1,684||53,954,772||Warner Bros.|
|20||The White Crow||440,465||231,379||90.4||356||5||1,237||1,264,812||Sony Classics|
|Top 5||$ 196,701,932||$ 126,069,454||56.0|
|Top 20 vs. Memorial Day 2018||227,623,333||223,390,928||1.9|
This column is updated three times each week: Thursday (upcoming weekend's summary), Sunday (post-weekend analysis with estimates), and Monday night (actuals). Opinions expressed in this column are those solely of the author.
Last Updated: May 27, 2019 at 2:45PM ET
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